All-rounder Cameron White has described his being axed from Australia’s one-day international squad as a "kick in the guts". While White will continue to lead the T20 side during the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka, he has been replaced by Shaun Marsh in the ODI squad when the two teams were named on Wednesday.
White, who has been out-of-form since the last home summer, failed at the World Cup and was dropped midway through the Bangladesh series. But despite his recent lack of form, White was shocked to be dropped from the ODI squad.
"Obviously disappointing but the situation’s been known and there’s not much you can do about it, other than go back, get better and hope to get another opportunity at some stage," White told the media in Brisbane. "It is no secret I haven’t been in the best of form of late but I was hopeful I would still be in the squad. It’s definitely a kick in the guts."
Now faced with the possibility of becoming a T20 specialist, White said that he would be working doubly hard to return to the ODI arena.
"I don’t have a lot of cricket for a little while now," he said. "Outside of a couple of T20 games I will be back playing for Victoria and scoring as many runs as I can. I just have to go back and get better and hopefully get another opportunity at some stage.
"T20 is such a different game and moving towards having specialist players, [but] I am not saying I am in that boat,"
Andrew Hilditch, the chairman of selectors, said he was confident White could force his way back into the side.
"Cameron White is unlucky to be omitted from the one-day squad having been a regular and successful member of the squad for the last few series," Hilditch said. "Cameron lost his position in the side during the recent one-day tour of Bangladesh but the national selection panel is confident that he will force his way back into the team through weight of runs.
"The one-day squad sees the return of Shaun Marsh who was unavailable for the ICC Cricket World Cup through injury. Shaun can open the batting but also provides flexibility throughout the order and gives the squad great balance."
The ODI side has two under 25 players: all-rounder Steven Smith and pacer James Pattinson. Ricky Ponting is the oldest member of the ODI squad at 36, while 34-year-old Brett Lee features in both squads.
Shaun Tait has lost his place after retiring from 50-over duty following the World Cup, and was not picked for T20 duty though he remains available for matches in the shortest format. David Hussey returns to the squads after missing Bangladesh to be home for the birth of his first child, leaving no room for Callum Ferguson. Doug Bollinger too makes a comeback to the squad
The Twenty20 squad has a slightly youthful feel, with the Victoria batsman Aaron Finch in alongside the left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe and Pattinson.
Australia will play two T20s, five ODIs and three Test during the tour of Sri Lanka. The Twenty20 players fly out on July 30 and the remaining one-day squad members depart on August 5.
The squad for the Tests will be announced later in July.
Australia’s Twenty20 squad: Shane Watson, David Warner, Brad Haddin (wk), Shaun Marsh, David Hussey, Cameron White (capt), Aaron Finch, Steven Smith, Steve O’Keefe, John Hastings, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, James Pattinson.
Australia’s ODI squad: Shane Watson, Brad Haddin (wk), Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke (capt), Michael Hussey, David Hussey, Shaun Marsh, Steven Smith, John Hastings, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Xavier Doherty, James Pattinson, Doug Bollinger.